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New Jersey Soon Begins Taking Applications For Medical Marijuana

NEW JERSEY (CBS) – The Garden State will soon begin taking applications from certain patients who may be eligible for medical marijuana.

Patients whose doctors have submitted their names to the department can begin applying for medical marijuana in November. New Jersey’s health department expects the drug to be available to people with chronic, serious illnesses by July 2011.

Some residents of the Garden State, like this man, are generally in favor:

“It’s gonna help people and as long as it doesn’t get out on the street, I think it’s a good idea. My sister had cancer back in the early 90s, and marijuana helped her from getting sick when she was on chemo, but it’s wasn’t legal. So I wish it had been then.”

But some have concerns like Marcelle:

“I believe that yeah they may write a prescription for someone, who needs it, but then maybe somebody needs money and they might end up selling their marijuana to someone who doesn’t need it, that’s the way I see it, and I can’t see how they’re gonna keep a better hold on it.”

New Jersey became the 14th state to authorize use of medical marijuana for certain patients earlier this year.

Reported By Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio

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  • concerned smoker

    I believe it works. I myself had cancer and all the pain medications they gave me didnt work but I smoked a joint and felt better for the whole entire day. Chemo is very painful so this helps. Besided think about it in europe the cancer rate is lower because it is legal

  • tippy fordham

    Good for people who REALLY need it, not people who sit around do nothing but smoke, drink beer and soda all day. Just a cheap way for dregs to get the scrip and have it paid for by the gov. T

  • tippy fordham

    If people read the paper, it will most likely be available to patients by July. ie. Atlantic City Press 10-7-10 page C-5… Earlier NJ is the 14th state to authorize use.

  • Linda R.

    It is my firm belief that Marijuana should’ve been legalized years ago. Not to mention that our country wouold benefit immensley. It seems to work for people with fibromyalsia as well as cancer, and glaucoma. It reaps more benefits than we really are aware of. I agree to allow patients to use this method as medical treatment.

  • Jen

    with regards to Marcelle: if they are already buying it illegally because they need it the odds of them selling it drops right there. You are always gonna have a few bad apples in the bunch. Honestly though what your saying it is no different than someone who sells their legal pain med prescription for money. I am all for medical marijuana as well as general legalization of it.

  • Concerned Citizen

    It’s about time.

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